Mike D’Antoni was looking at the game against the dead-legged Sixers on Wednesday night as a measuring stick for his Knicks at this early juncture of the season.
Philadelphia came into the Garden on a six-game win streak and was finishing back-to-back-to-back games. That’s three straight, for those who aren’t familiar with the norm in the lockout-shortened 66-game NBA schedule this season.
The Knicks are going to be in for a few more nail-biters before they can get their first laugher of the season. That is one conclusion reached after the Knicks’ offense stalled in the fourth quarter and they had to hold off Philadelphia for an 85-79 victory. It was the fourth straight win for the Knicks (6-4), three of them coming since rookie Iman Shumpert was inserted into the starting lineup.